New stores (November 22–28, 2012)



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  • Wilfred Free geometric-print sweater, $175, at Aritzia

  • T. Babaton lace dress, $165, at Aritzia

  • TNA striped funnel-neck sweater, $70, at Aritzia

  • Bettie Page

  • Bettie Page leaf-print sheath, $138

  • Bettie Page rose brocade dress, $142

  • Bettie Page latice-neck dress, $140

  • Bijulesterie

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    Cotélac four-pocket sweater, $245

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    Cotélac turtleneck vest, $315

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    Cotélac tweed jacket, $395

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Coach leather riding boots, $199, at Details Designer Shoe Outlet

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Guess suede pumps, $50, at Details Designer Shoe Outlet

  • Emerly Lee tulle wedding gown, $1,600, at Emerly’s Bridal Design by Coco Lee

  • Photograph: Anna Simonak

    Fassbinder by Sonja Fries pop-up

  • Tommy Bahama espadrille wedges, $128

  • Wendy Mink hand-hammered cuff, $208, at Tommy Bahama

  • Tommy Bahama metallic solid scarf, $38

  • Versace

  • Versace mirror-heeled boots, $1,495

  • Versace Medusa earbuds, $225

  • Versace T-shirt, $625

Wilfred Free geometric-print sweater, $175, at Aritzia


  • Price band: 2/4

The Canadian women’s clothing brand opens its second (and largest) NYC boutique. A 30-foot-tall mushroom installation shoots up to the ceiling, providing a canopy over the second-floor lounge and typifying the store’s metaphysical theme. Unlike its smaller Soho counterpart, this spacious flagship stocks the complete women’s collection, including four exclusive labels: tailored Wilfred, casual TNA, trendy Talula and classic T. Babaton. We have our eyes on T. Babaton day-to-night lace dresses ($165), TNA striped funnel-neck sweaters ($70), Le Fou by Wilfred faux-shearling coats ($298) and Wilfred Free geometric-print zip-front sweaters ($175). Accessories include TNA polka-dot backpacks ($75) and colorful cell-phone cases ($13), and Wilfred leather belts ($50).

  1. 600 Fifth Ave, (at 49th St)
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Bettie Page

  • Price band: 2/4

Achieve pinup-girl status at model-turned-designer Tatyana Khomyakova’s coquettish boutique, named after the iconic 1950s model. The boudoirlike shop features black-and-pink leopard accents and scenes from burlesque film Teaserama looping on mounted screens, and it caters to ladies of all shapes and sizes (from XS to 4X). Choose from a large selection of house-label vintage-inspired dresses ($120–$180), including nautical ruffled-collar styles ($160) and bow-waist bengaline silk frocks ($140). You’ll also find high-waisted shorts ($56), knit cardigans ($57) and vibrant handbags ($20–$28).

  1. 303 Bowery, (at 1st St)
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  • Price band: 4/4

Local jewelry designer Jules Kim’s first store, located just below the boutique Eva New York, showcases her unique handmade baubles ($200–$1,300). Descend below the street through trapdoors into a velvet-roped basement hideaway, where you’ll find red walls draped in velvet theater curtains and lit by pink fluorescent lights. Gold jewelry ($400–$7,000) is displayed in a vintage aquarium, while the rest of her collection is tucked away, to be brought out upon request. Uncover imaginative one-of-a-kind pieces, such as a silver three-finger serpent ring ($312) and a triptych three-charm medallion necklace ($1,248). All designs are customizable, including a bird-skull nail ring ($1,000) covered in rubies and black diamonds.

  1. 355 Bowery, (at 4th St)
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  • Price band: 3/4

This French brand, whose name translates to "by the lake," brings its rustic-meets-feminine styles to the Upper East Side. Unlike the Soho flagship that carries duds for both sexes, this spot will focus on women’s ready-to-wear ($215–$715) and accessories ($90–$795), plus pieces from Cotélac’s lower-priced sister line, Acote ($135–$475). Discover designer Raphaelle Cavalli’s bohemian-influenced designs, such as map-print dresses ($275), cropped trousers ($315) and polka-dot silk skirts ($235). Accessories include over-the-knee socks ($90), double-strap leather belts ($105) and two-tone oxford heels ($445).

  1. 983 Lexington Ave, (at 71st St)
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Details Designer Shoe Outlet

  • Price band: 2/4

With the opening of this discount shop’s second NYC location (the first is in the West Village), Upper West Siders can snag designer women’s footwear for up to half off retail. Label lovers will fawn over brand-name overstock and end-of-season finds from Elie Tahari, Tory Burch and Frye. The stock rotates weekly, but you’ll always find a variety of flats, moccasins, heels and boots displayed by size. Try on Michael Kors cheetah-print flats for $60 (retail $120), Coach leather riding boots marked $199 (normally $398) and Sam Edelman spiked suede pumps tagged $100 (usually $198).

  1. 2603 Broadway, (between 98th and 99th Sts)
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Emerly’s Bridal Design by Coco Lee

  • Price band: 3/4

Affordable custom bridal gowns have made their way to Borough Park with the opening of designers Emerly and Coco Lee’s wedding shop. The store features one-of-a-kind dresses ($1,200–$3,500) that take two weeks to make, as well as off-the-rack creations ($700–$1,600). You’ll also find bridesmaid frocks ($250–$500), mother-of-the-bride styles ($500–$1,200) and feminine veils ($150–$400).

  1. 5706 New Utrecht Ave, (between 57th and 58th Sts)
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Fassbinder by Sonja Fries pop-up

  • Price band: 2/4

Downtown gals on the hunt for hip baubles should visit German designer Sonja Fries’s holiday digs. Housed in a former ice-cream parlor, the space exhibits Fries’s jewelry in plastic bubbles suspended from the ceiling, along with select jewels from other minimalist designers. Ladies with an eye for industrial-inspired wares will adore Sarah Richardson sterling-silver earrings ($250) and Max Steiner origami crane necklaces ($125). Sonja Fries sterling-silver bow necklaces ($450) will add oomph to a little black dress, while glitzy Kimberlin Brown Tahitian-pearl-and-diamond rings ($550) are sure to spark cocktail-party conversations.

  1. 233 Smith St, (between Butler and Douglass Sts)
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Tommy Bahama

  • Price band: 2/4

It seems as if this resort-wear label has been around forever, but the midtown locale is the brand’s first stand-alone store. The 5,000-square-foot space brings an island vibe to the city with limestone floor tiles, shades covered in palm-tree paintings, and an oak-plank ceiling weathered by sun and salt water. Women will find skinny jeans ($128), flowing maxiskirts ($88–$118) and multicolored cardigans ($88–$148). Guys should look for an array of short-sleeve polo shirts ($85–$128), zip-up sweatshirts ($98–$175) and loungewear ($22–$145). Punch up your look with bright accessories, such as printed scarves ($38–$88), colorful totes ($38–$278) and leather belts ($48–$88), which can be found beneath tented canopies. The second floor houses the Tommy Bahama Restaurant, so you can gorge yourself on tropical treats after a lengthy day of shopping.

  1. 551 Fifth Ave, (between 45th and 46th Sts)
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  • Price band: 4/4

Donatella Versace’s second NYC boutique (the first is in Midtown West) brings a dose of sexy couture to Soho. Architect Jamie Fobert has ensured the boutique’s decor stays true to Italian style, with curved glass walls, gilded displays and mosaic floors inspired by ancient Rome. The selection of decadent apparel and accessories for both sexes is accompanied by rotating collaborative collections with hip designers, artists and musicians. Christopher Kane has created a limited selection of cotton T-shirts emblazoned with the Medusa logo ($150–$275), gold iPhone cases ($75) and fancy headphones ($225), as well as his very own board game, Medusa and Greca ($225). Top Versace picks for women include crucifix-embroidered wool turtlenecks ($995), lace-patterned skirts ($1,975) and leather mirrored-heel boots ($1,495). Fashionable men should keep an eye out for gold-buckle leather boots ($995) and leather weekend bags with Medusa medallions ($2,595).

  1. 160 Mercer St, (between W Houston and Prince Sts)
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